On Saturday, I went up to San Francisco to see Cats and Joe Rogan (two separate shows, not a double bill). For lunch, I was at the Embarcadero farmer’s market. I didn’t buy much stuff, since I had a 12-ish hour day planned in the city and would have to carry whatever I bought on my back all day. I got a handful of apriums to eat during the day, and a small bottle of unfiltered olive oil, but I was mainly there for lunch.
Alive! is the live food stand at the farmer’s market and, after checking out their offerings, I went with the “burger.” It was smaller than a slider, with a side salad. The bun portion was a dense concoction, the burger some sort of almond pate, I think, with what can only be described as miniature avocado slices on top. I’ve never witnessed an avocado this small in my life.
I understand the idea that raw food dishes are oftentimes smaller, since the nutrient density is much higher, etc. But eating this strange burger, it reinforced what I haven’t been able to overcome on my raw food transition after 3 weeks: a lot of the food seems ridiculous to me.
I seem happiest when I am having fresh salads and smoothies. Anytime I try to make raw bread or somesuch in the dehydrator, it often tastes good. But, still reads as very weird.
So, as I expect, this burger is a bit off. This isn’t a new thing and often occurs with various homemade veggie burgers, as well. Basically, the bun is way stronger than the burger, so everything just mushes out the sides. From a consistency standpoint, it was more like eating hummus between two solid oatmeal raisin cookies.
All of these fauxfoods bring me out of the diet, and they are often so radically different from what they are poorly imitating, they seem to fail by a comparison they both create and fail to live up to. If you slice the “bun” thinner, and just made the pate more of a dip, it would probably taste fine. But, call it a burger, and you set expectations.
So, I thought about the plan that I think I’ve been gravitating towards anyway. Which is to stick on a plan of: smoothies for breakfast, salads for lunch, and whatever cooked thing (or not) I want for dinner. So, I weighed the options of staying 100% raw longer, and came up flat.
A lot of the benefits are hard to attribute solely to raw foods. I’ve been getting more sleep, going to bed earlier, but I’ve been off caffeine. I’ve had more energy, but I’ve been getting more sleep and not snacking on any junk at work. I’ve been losing weight, but eating healthier. I haven’t used any antacids, but I stopped drinking diet soda at work.
So, my plan for dinner after seeing Cats was to go to Millennium and have their raw entrée (usually an appetizer that has an entrée portion), but instead… I had cooked food.
I was slightly concerned that there might be some re-entry problems, things that one might not desire being away from home, or taking public transportation home that night, but nothing really happened.
So, anymore, two of my meals will be nearly raw (salads may have some bean/smoked tofu on occasion), and then dinner will be cooked and the final food of the day. Plus, it isn’t anything over the top. Last night, my dinner was a sauté of zucchini, corn, tomatoes and some basil. My non-raw dinners will likely adhere to the McDougall Maximum Weight Loss program, which doesn’t allow breads, pastas, oils, etc.
This seems far more reasonable to me. We’ll see how it goes.